Yes! This is the 400th post of Inside Cup. *Fireworks
I just want to thank everyone again for joining me on this journey. I can’t grow as a writer and blogger if I have no community. Every single one of you who has taken the time to read, comment, follow, and be my friend, I thank you.
A while ago, I shared a post of scriptures on fear, and I know we all can bond over scriptures. Which is why I am planning on having more of these posts so if you are looking for scriptures to study, meditate on, and pray with, these posts can help with that.
Fear is one of the most crippling enemies we are best friends with. Fear is the neighbor that invites Worry to my heart’s home. I know I’m not alone, and I hope the following scriptures speak to your heart as well!! 🙂
(NIV) Jeremiah 42:11, “Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you now fear. Do not be afraid of him, declares the LORD, for I am with you and will save you and deliver you from his hands.”
– First of all, how powerful is this statement, right? Israel was captured by Babylon because the Lord’s people did not listen to Him, for many, many years. Yet, here is the Lord, even through trials and punishment reminding them that HE IS STILL WITH THEM! We are the same! God is with us at all times. He is with us when we have stepped into traps and snares willingly. He is with us when life tries to burden us, when others lie to us, and when others pull us down.
He is always with us!!
(NIV) Ezekiel 2:06, “And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people. You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.”
– This is the scripture I need as a writer a lot, and when I need to speak up and simply trust God. In this world, it’s easy for people to lay in on their opinions and views of us and of God. It’s easy for us to become afraid and intimidated to speak up. Following the previous scripture, the Lord is with us. When we are proclaiming what He teaches and what He puts on our hearts it is all about Him. It’s about us trying to direct others to Him. Whether they listen or not.
Fearing Our Calling
(NIV) Jeremiah 1:08, “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.”
-Following our fear of others, this same fear can trouble us when it comes to our calling, and the gifts God gives us. When He places something on our heart, when He gives us an opportunity, we can struggle to trust Him. I’ve been hearing the phrase, “He doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called,” and this couldn’t be truer. He equips us WHEN we step out, not before. We aren’t meant to be mighty and powerful. We are strong in our weakness for a reason. Glory goes to God. He will take care of us. The Lord did not create us to fail, but if we aren’t with Him, He can’t help us.
When We Don’t Know It’s Jesus
(NIV) John 6:20, “But He said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”
– Can you see the main theme recurring here? He is with us. I can’t count how many times I have had something scary happen to me or I feel completely overwhelmed and I cry out to Him, “Lord, God please be with me.” Not that it is wrong to ask Him to be present with us. But how often, truthfully, do we like act He isn’t with us. Or we act like He doesn’t have His plan and purpose coming together for us, even when things are uncertain and do not make sense.
Fear’s True Purpose And Who It Goes To
(NIV) Psalm 34:09, “Fear the LORD, you His holy people, for those who fear Him lack nothing.”
– The only One we ever need to fear is the Lord. Fear the One who can create and destroy in a blink of an eye. How powerful is that? We can have people hurt us, and try to make us fear them, and I’m telling you right now, our Lord outranks EVERYONE! There is no one else in all creation who can compare, who can defeat, who is as awesome as He is. Not one.
When our fear is on Him in awe, respect, and yes, trembling, there is great strength and trust in the Lord as well. As scripture says, when we fear Him above all else, we will lack nothing.
Praise the Lord!
I really hope these scriptures have spoken to your heart.
Please let me know if they have, and what scriptures you cling to that deal with fear.